To kick off the new year, I'm presenting a different kind of sampler, this time all about people. I don't mean people who happened to be in the frame while I was taking a picture, but people who are the subject of the photo. We are not talking about family snapshots or portraits: I do not know a single person in the photos displayed below, and except in a couple of instances (numbers 4, 12, 13, and 17), the subjects were completely unaware that they were being photographed.

A few details are provided under every image: place and time taken, camera make and model, focal length (in full frame equivalence), ISO value, shutter speed, aperture, and, when used, exposure compensation in stops. A table of all the cameras used to take these photos may be found at the bottom of this page. Clicking on any photo displays it in a larger size (2700 pixels wide). Several of these photographs have already appeared on this site, though many have not. They all tell a story, but rather than adding streams of words to this page, I'll leave it up to each viewer to spin his or her own yarn. As an example of what prompted these images, I'll just comment on the first one:

I shot this through a closed train window and across an empty track at the Nice train station in May of 2001. Obviously, I don't know any of these people. so why did I take the photo? Because it tells a story, or rather, it invites the telling of a story. Who are these people? Where are they going? Which ones are traveling together? What are they all thinking about? When I saw the scene, it raised all these questions in a flash, and I had a mere instant to take the shot because my train had just begun to move. When I look at this photo today, I feel the same curiosity and a story that almost begs to be told. Perhaps someday, I shall write one that goes with the photo.

Waiting for the Train

1. Waiting for the Train
Nice, France (May 2001)  ●  Olympus C3040Z, 64mm, ISO 100, 1/100, ƒ/2.3

Tea for One

2. Tea for One
Geneva, Switzerland (March 2002)  ●  Olympus C3040Z, 101mm, ISO 100, 1/160, ƒ/2.6

The Starlets

3. The Starlets
Cannes, France (May 2004)  ●  Nikon D70, 75mm, ISO 200, 1/250, ƒ/8.0

German Tourists

4. German Tourists
Cannes, France (July 2004)  ●  Nikon D70, 75mm, ISO 200, 1/320, ƒ8

Quiet Time

5. Quiet Time
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (August 2007)  ●  Nikon D70, 300mm, ISO 200, 1/125, ƒ/9.0


6. Housework
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (August 2007)  ●  Nikon D70, 300mm, ISO 200, 1/250, ƒ/8.0

Gay Pride Parade Participants

7. Gay Pride Parade Participants
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (August 2007)  ●  Nikon D70, 300mm, ISO 200, 1/400, ƒ/8.0


8. Couple
Calvi, Corsica, France (February 2008)  ●  Nikon D300, 157mm, ISO 200, 1/125, ƒ/9.0

Lunch Break

9. Lunch Break
La Défense, Paris, France (November 2008)  ●  Nikon D300, 202mm, ISO 200, 1/320, ƒ/8.0

Conversation in the Snow

10. Conversation in the Snow
Rue Meynadier, Cannes, France (January 2010)  ●  Panasonic DMC-TZ7, 133mm, ISO 800, 1/80, ƒ/4.5

After the Party

11. After the Party
Cannes, France (May 2010)  ●  Nikon D300, 52mm, ISO 200, 1/1000, ƒ/8.0

French Boys

12. French Boys
Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France, (October 2010)  ●  Nikon D300, 112mm, ISO 400, 1/40, ƒ/5.0

Migrant Wine Harvest Workers

13. Migrant Wine Harvest Workers
Courthézon, France (September 2011)  ●  Nikon D300, 142mm, ISO 200, 1/400, ƒ/9.0

Fisherman Mending His Nets

14. Fisherman Mending His Nets
Katakolo, Greece (April 2012)  ●  Nikon D300, 300mm, ISO 200, 1/500, ƒ/8.0

Fruit Juice Vendor

15. Fruit Juice Vendor
Nazareth, Israel (April 2012)  ●  Nikon D300, 27mm, ISO 200, 1/100, ƒ/7.1

At the Wailing Wall

16. At the Wailing Wall
Jerusalem, Israel (April 2012)  ●  Nikon D300, 54mm, ISO 200, 1/200, ƒ/8.0

Palestinian Police Officer

17. Palestinian Police Officer
Bethlehem, Israeli-occupied West Bank, Palestine (April 2012)  ●  Nikon D300, 36mm, ISO 1600, 1/8000, ƒ/3.8, Comp. -⅔

On the Train from L'Île Rousse to Calvi

18. On the Train from L'Île Rousse to Calvi
L'Île Rousse, Corsica. France (May 2013)  ●  Fujifilm X100s, 35mm, ISO 800, 1/300, ƒ/5.6

'Je Suis Charlie' demonstratio

19. Je Suis Charlie demonstration [?
Cannes, France (January 2015)  ●  Nikon D750, 65mm, ISO 100, 1/320, ƒ/8.0

A Father and His Children

20. A Father and His Children
Parc Güell, Barcelona., Catalunya, Spain (March 2015)  ●  Nikon D750, 300mm, ISO 100, 1/400, ƒ/8.0

Street Musician

21. Street Musician
Lyon, France (April 2015)  ●  Nikon D750, 190mm, ISO 2200, 1/200, ƒ/8.0

The Grand Entrance

22. The Grand Entrance
Saint-Charles Station, Marseille, France (May 2015)  ●  Fujifilm X100s, 35mm, ISO 800, 1/900, ƒ/9.0

'Joie de vivre'

23. Joie de vivre
La Croisette, Cannes, France (September 2015)  ●  Fujifilm X100s, 35mm, ISO 200, 1/800, ƒ/8.0

Street Cafe Patrons

24. Street Cafe Patrons
Place Charles de Gaulle, Aix-en-Provence, France (January 2016)  ●  Nikon D750, 300mmn, ISO 640, 1/320, ƒ/8.0

All-Terrain Bicycle Racer

25. All-Terrain Bicycle Racer
Auribeau-sur-Siagne, France (March 2016)  ●  Nikon D750, 210mm, ISO 5600, 1/250, ƒ/9.0

Homeless Man Keeping Up With the News

26. Homeless Man Keeping Up With the News
Nice, France (April 2016)  ●  Nikon D750, 125mm, ISO 720, 1/125, ƒ/8.0


27. Artist
Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA (September 2016)  ●  Nikon D750, 150mm, ISO 900, 1/160, ƒ/6.3

Summer Fun

28. Summer Fun
Charleston, South Carolina, USA (September 2016)  ●  Nikon D750, 250mm, ISO 400, 1/800, ƒ/8.0

Reading in the Rain

29. Reading in the Rain
São Jorge Castle, Lisbon, Portugal (December 2016)  ●  Nikon D750, 190mm, ISO 8000, 1/200, ƒ/8.0

A young Gardian, a French cowboy

30. A young Gardian, a French cowboy
Camargue, France (May 2018) )  ●  Nikon D750, 250mm, ISO 320, 1/250, ƒ/8.0

Young tourists studying the departure board at the train station

31. Young tourists studying the departure board at the train station
Bordighera, Italy (July 2019)  ●  Fujifilm X100s, 35mm, ISO 2500, 1/125, ƒ/5.6

The Photographer

32. The Photographer
Place des Jacobins, Lyon, France (August 2019)  ●  Fujifilm X100s, 35mm, ISO 800, 1/140, ƒ/4.5

Woman admiring the Pacific Ocean

33. Woman admiring the Pacific Ocean
Haleiwa, Oahu, Hawaii, USA (March 2020)  ●  Fujifilm X-T30, 38mm, ISO 320, 1/1799, ƒ/8.0

Walking the Dog

34. Walking the Dog
Cannes, France (June 2023)  ●  Fujifilm X-T5, 83mm, ISO 125, 1/400, ƒ/5.0

Ice Cream Break

35. Ice Cream Break
Antibes, France (June 2023)  ●  Fujifilm X-T5, 67mm, ISO 160, 1/60, ƒ/6.4

In the Black Sheep Coffee Shop

36. In the Black Sheep Coffee Shop
Edinburgh, Scotland (July 2023)  ●  Fujifilm X-T5, 27mm, ISO 125, 1/75, ƒ/5.6

These pictures may also bee viewed in a Gallery.

Here is some information regarding the different cameras used to take the photos shown above:

 Make and Model  Type  Sensor Size  Format  Resolution  Purchased in
 Olympus C3040Z  Compact  3 megapixels  1/1.8" sensor  2048 x 1536  April 2001
 Nikon D70  dSLR  6 megapixels  DX / APS-C  3008 x 2000  April 2004
 Nikon D300  dSLR  12 megapixels  DX / APS-C  4288 x 2848  February 2008
 Panasonic DMC-TZ7  Compact  10 megapixels  1/2.33" sensor  3648 x 2736  January 2010
 Fujifilm X100s  Mirrorless  16 megapixels  X-TRANS APS-C  4896 x 3264  March 2013
 Nikon D750  dSLR  24 megapixels  FX / Full frame  6016 x 4016  December 2014
 Fujifilm X-T30  Mirrorless  26 megapixel  X-TRANS APS-C  6240 x 4160  August 2019
 Fujifilm X-T5  Mirrorless  40 megapixels  X-TRANS APS-C  7728 x 5152  May 2023

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